President Donald Trump may be remembered as the man who accompanied Melania Trump to Normandy, on this 75th anniversary of D-Day. The First Lady stole the show wowing the British and French alike dressed in stunning outfits and bringing her quiet charm. That’s exactly what happened when this 93-year-old D-Day veteran met Melania saying, “If I was 20 years younger.” Well, President Trump’s reaction was priceless. You’ll love this.
Melania Trump was channeling her inner Jackie Kennedy as she sat with Queen Elizabeth II for a ceremony commemorating D-Day. Melania wowed the crowd wearing Ivory wool-twill coat dress by Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen’s American brand, The Row.
But it was the hat which made the entire look so stunning. The Brits are all about their hats which are called “fascinators.” The famed London-based Irish milliner Philip Treacy was behind Melania’s fascinator, which she wore at an angle. And she definitely caught the eye of 93-year-old British D-Day veteran Philip Cuthbert.
“A 93-year-old British D-Day veteran was caught flirting with first lady Melania Trump on Wednesday,” reported The Hill.
President Trump introduced Thomas Cuthbert to his wife, 49, during an event commemorating the 75th anniversary of the invasion in Normandy, France, according to The Sun.
“Oh, she is a nice lady, isn’t she?” Cuthbert, from Elmstead Market, England, said after shaking Melania Trump’s hand. “If it wasn’t for you [Trump] and if I was 20 years younger.”
The 72-year-old president chimed in with a smile: “He could handle it, there’s not a question about it.”
Cuthbert told The Sun that the president “came across very well” in their meeting.
“He surprised me — when you see someone on the TV — but he seemed different, he seemed one of the boys,” Cuthbert said. “His wife was very pleasant as well,” he added.
Cuthbert was awarded the Legion D’Honneur in May 2017 for his role in the D-Day landings, during which he served on a landing barge oiler anchored offshore from Utah and Omaha beaches, the U.K.’s Metro News reported.
Cuthbert made such a splash he is being described as “cheeky” in the British press. The video is going viral as Melania lights up with a surprised smile and President Trump doesn’t miss a beat with a perfect reaction:
Even CNN’s Jim Acosta couldn’t find fault with the Trumps on this trip.
According to Acosta, who host John Berman pointed out had seen a lot of Trump’s speeches, Trump’s speech was “perhaps the most on-message moment” of Trump’s presidency and it “rose to the moment.”
And it was Trump’s speech which was more than “on-message.” It is already being hailed as one of the best speeches given about D-Day in recent years.
“We are gathered here on Freedom’s Altar. On these shores, on these bluffs, on this day 75 years ago, 10,000 men shed their blood, and thousands sacrificed their lives, for their brothers, for their countries, and for the survival of liberty,” Trump began. “Today, we remember those who fell, and we honor all who fought right here in Normandy. They won back this ground for civilization.”
Toward the end of the speech, the Commander in Chief turned his thoughts toward the American World War II soldiers:
And, finally, there were the Americans. They came from the farms of a vast heartland, the streets of glowing cities, and the forges of mighty industrial towns. Before the war, many had never ventured beyond their own community. Now they had come to offer their lives half a world from home.
This beach, codenamed Omaha, was defended by the Nazis with monstrous firepower, thousands and thousands of mines and spikes driven into the sand, so deeply. It was here that tens of thousands of the Americans came.
It was a real emotional speech filled with so many memorable lines. It was hard not to tear up listening to it. Those men and women were truly the Greatest Generation.
It will probably be the last time most of the remaining World War II veterans will ever be there. It was wonderful to watch the touching interaction between the Trumps and British veteran Thomas Cuthbert. He, along with the 9,000 who are entombed at Normandy, overcame evil so future generation could be free.